Over the past few weeks, the Democrats and the Republicans in the House of Representatives have been calling on witnesses, experts and lawyers to Capitol Hill to testify under oath.
The first testimonies came from individuals who have witnessed or overheard President Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, order Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and to influence the next American presidential election in November 2020. Since November, both parties have called on lawyers and legal experts from very strong educational institutions for their opinions on if impeachment is the correct option to take.
One of the lawyers for the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee called President Trump “a clear and present danger” because of his abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
The inspector general’s report states that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had “authorized purpose” to investigate any Russian involvement with the Trump campaign or any business with President Trump. The report states that they only found some wrongdoing. The Mueller Report and other investigations have not been able to find anything that directly connects President Trump to the allegations, however, almost all of the reports have found that there are major inconsistencies with accounts and many missing parts, so there is not a strong yes or no on whether or not President Trump has committed a crime.
The Republican party has consistently stated that the allegations by the Democratic party do not match up to the actions of President Trump. Several Republican members of Congress have sought to undermine the attempts by the Democratic party to find President Trump guilty of a crime.
As of right now, it is very apparent what the two major parties are doing right now. Explicitly, they are going through the Constitution and legal ramifications of an impeachment procession and trial, however, they have already made up their minds on what their position is on impeaching President Trump. Now implicitly, both parties are taking advantage of the fact that these hearing are publically broadcasted and available to the average American. The statements made during these broadcasts are serving as a platform for politicians to inform the public of how they want them to vote.
According to the United States Constitution, the American people have more influence over this process than what they are being told. The American people have the choice to call or write to their Senators and Representatives in Congress and tell them to vote either for impeachment or against impeachment. According to U.S. law, a Senator or a Representative in the U.S. Congress must fulfill the obligation to vote however their constituency (the voters in their state or district) want them to vote.
If an impeachment trial is to be held, it would be President Trump on trial in front of the Senate. Therefore, if a citizen of the United States believes that President Trump is guilty and deserves impeachment, the citizen needs to inform their elected senators of their position. If and individual does not believe that President Trump should be impeached from office, they should also inform their elected senators of their position. Members of the United States Congress are fully aware of the power and influence the American people hold, so it is time for the American people to recognize and utilize that power.